Microsoft Excel – Basics

Debbie Butterfield Trainer

Debbie Butterfield

Debbie has been with Moorside Training for nine years. She has a total of 16 years’ teaching experience, including at Keighley College. She has taught all levels of ICT skills to a wide variety of age groups and taught on qualification courses such as OCR/RSA Text Processing (Business Professional) and CLAiT courses.

The course

Our “Excel basics” training workshop  is aimed at those people who are new to using Microsoft Excel., or have very limited knowledge and would like to start again! This course, which is offered in association with Moorside Training, is a practical training session giving you the opportunity to have a go at creating a spreadsheet from scratch.

Is it for you?

The course is aimed at people who are already employed, or are looking for work, who will need to use Microsoft Excel.  Anyone who is going to be using Excel at home is also welcome.  Those attending must have some basic IT skills, eg be able to use a mouse and keyboard.

What to expect

What will you learn?

The workshop will aim to provide you with an understanding of basic spreadsheet concepts and will provide practical experience of dealing with data and simple formulae in newly created or existing spreadsheets.

  • Understanding the Excel window
  • Creating and saving new Excel workbooks
  • Opening, editing and updating existing workbooks
  • Using Spell-check
  • Recognising error messages and using undo/redo commands
  • Basic formatting of cells, text, numbers, dates, percentages
  • Adjusting width of columns and height of rows
  • Duplicating or moving data, rows or columns
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Using simple formulae and functions
  • Borders and shading (cells/rows/columns)
  • Timesavers (freezing rows/columns; autofill; incremental entries)
  • Basic printing options

The outcome

After the session you will be able to:

  • Create and edit simple spreadsheets
  • Input text and numeric data into cells and format appropriately
  • Create the mathematical formulae Add, Subtract , Multiply & Divide
  • Use edit, undo, redo, cut, copy and paste tools
  • Sort and filter data
  • Use borders and/or shading to improve readability of the printed version
  • Adjust page settings and check spreadsheet layout prior to printing

EQUIPMENT – Laptops will be provided however if you wish to bring your own then please ensure that you have a full copy of Excel 2007 or 2010. All work will be saved to a memory stick so that you can use at a later date.